Ebola death toll rises to above 2,600

More than 2,600 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organisation said.

The organisation reported more than 5,000 cases across west Africa, describing the crisis as "unparalleled in modern times".

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Fifth African country announces possible Ebola patient

A fifth West African country has announced it is treating a patient suspected of carrying the Ebola.

Benin's health minister told state television that a hospital in the country is treating a a Nigerian man who is thought to be carrying the disease.

The case is unconfirmed but Dorothy Gazard's announcement triggered widespread fears in the capital Cotonou with many people saying they would stock up on food and stop eating at popular roadside food stalls to avoid possible infection.

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